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A new study released on Dec. 28th in the journal Addiction,by researchers from the University of Bath and King’s College London, has tracked the changes to both resin and herbal cannabis in the EU market for the first time.  The study used data collected by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction which included 28 EU member states, Norway and Turkey.

Some of the key findings of the study were that resin potency increased from 8.14 percent THC in 2006 to 17.22 percent in 2016.  The study concluded that this increase was due to the use of new resin production techniques developed in Europe and neighbouring markets.  The study also noted that EU herbal cannabis also increased in potency from 5.00 percent THC to over 10 percent THC in in the same time frame.  In addition to the increased potency the market saw an increase in price for both products.

Lead author of the study, Dr Tom Freeman, was recently quoted in an article for The Gaurdian saying: “These findings show that cannabis resin has changed rapidly across Europe, resulting in a more potent and better value product.”

But as legalization takes hold in various countries around the world there are concerns around the higher levels of THC.  CBD another prominent cannabinoid has been shown to help lessen the psychoactive effects of THC.  As cannabis use increases, both for medical purposes or for recreational, many believe that THC increases and there harmful effects can be helped by ensuring that CBD is still a prominent component in whatever product is used.

The United Kingdom recently passed new regulations in November 2018 around the use of medical cannabis in the country with only specialized doctors able to prescribe medical marijuana at this time.  As the legal cannabis market continues to evolve research will be needed to determine how the increase in certain cannabinoids will effect cannabis patients and consumers long-term.

 

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